here's the other stuff i've been working on- most of it more satisfying than the gel prints-
the other plaster piece, which, although still not fabulous is getting better-
i added a layer of gloss gel to even things out, then dropped some fluid micaceous blah blah (brain death is a scary thing) on this & rubbed in/washed off. the map is receding/not competing with the central image and i like it better. i think it's headed the right direction, maybe a few more layers of glaze.
and 2 more 6x6, which i think are done
it's interesting to try new things and better understand how my mind works. i am sure that with more practice i would be better able to see how prints are going to end up and therefore be better at printmaking. i don't like things that have to be very precise, tho- that just isn't me. i like some leeway- if it isn't perfect i can always photoshop or paint over it.
experimenting seems to be the best way to give myself permission to play and not to have to work to a "finished" and "saleable" piece. with permission to play comes freedom to try new things. it's been a long time coming for me that every piece of art i make doesn't have to end up ready to sell. and this was long before i was in art source and actually had to produce.
this is what my friend zella calls being a working artist. it's not about whether art pays the bills, it's about being driven to create and learn and grow. not churning out the same thing b/c it sells, but following the muse and trusting. in some cases that means becoming intimately acquainted with a medium or a subject- we all do it differently, but in the end it's about learning.